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"P" Activities
 

Art
DECORATING P’s
Print out the large letter P pattern and use it to make large P shapes for your children out of heavy paper. Here are a few suggestions for how your children could decorate their P’s.
Use pink and purple markers or paint daubers to make poka-dots.
Glue on peanut shells.
Glue on colorful poms.
Glue on pussywillows.
 
POTATO PRINTS
Be sure to make P place mats with your children while studying the letter P.
Set out large sheets of construction paper.
Have your children either stamp P’s all over a sheet of paper or cut out capital P’s from magazines and newspapers and glue them all over their place mat.
Cover place mats with clear contact paper, if you want to reuse them.
 
PUFFY PAINT

Here is a fun puffy paint to make while studying P.
Place 2 Tbsp. shampoo, ¼ cup liquid tempera paint and ¼ cup water into a bowl.
Using a hand blender, whip up the mixture into a puffy paint.
Let children spoon some puffy paint onto a sheet of finger painting paper and finger paint.
This paint will only stay puffy for 5-10 minutes.
 
ADDITIONAL “P” ART MATERIALS
Set your art area up with all P art materials, such as:
Paint Paper plates Pipe cleaners
Pasta Play dough Poms
Paste Pine cones Paper
Games
PING PONG SOCCER
Place a ping-pong ball in the middle of a small table.
Have one child stand on either side of the table.
Now using only their mouths, have them blow towards the ping-pong ball.
The person who blows the ball off the opposite side of the table, wins.
You may want to place a strip of tape across the middle of the table to show sides.
 
PIE PUZZLES
Set out four paper plates on a table.
Then take four other paper plates and cut one in half, one in 4 equal sections, one in six sections and one into 8ths.
Mix up the cut sections and let your children take turns placing the pieces onto the four plates, to create whole pies.
Before cutting the 4 plates, you could decorate them to look like pies if you desire.
 
HOT POTATO

You will need a group of children for this activity.
Have children sit in a circle on the floor.
Hand a clean potato to one child.
Play some music.
Have children pass the “Hot Potato”
Children pass the potato quickly, because no one wants to be holding the potato when the music stops, because that child must leave the circle.
Turn with your back to the children and turn music on and off.
The last child sitting without the potato, is the winner.
 
MUSICAL PILLOWS
This game also needs a group of 4-10 children.
Instead of using chairs, place pillows in a line on the floor. Set out pillows for everyone, except one.
Again play some music, as the children walk around the pillows.
When the music stops, everyone sits on a pillow, the child who has no pillow is out of the game.
That child, then takes one of the remaining pillows and sits on it out of the area of the game.
Continue the game until there is only one child left on a pillow.
 
ESTIMATING PEANUTS
Place a number of peanuts with their shells on, in a clear plastic jar.
Have your children try to guess how many peanuts are in the jar.
Open the jar and have your children help you count the number of peanuts.
  
COUNTING PENCILS
Set out about 20 pencils.
Have your children help you count them.
Then ask your children to place them in piles of two. How many are there?
Then ask them to place the pencils into groups of four. How many?
Continue with groups of five, groups of ten.
MOVEMENT GAMES
Here are some movement activities that your can do while studying the letter P.
Pretend to play the piano.
Pretend to pilot a plane.
Pretend to bounce like a ping-pong ball.
Pretend to be a pop-up puppet.
Pretend to play on the playground.
Pretend to march in a parade.
Pretend to be Princes and Princesses
Pretend to push, pull or pound.
Language
P STORIES
Look at the library for stories to read to your children are about P things or characters, such as; Princes and Princesses, Parrots, Planes, Policemen, Parties, Pancakes, Pumpkins.
 
P NAMES

Make a list with your children of all the names they can think of that start with P. Have them each choose a P names for the day, such as; Patty, Pat, Patsy, Peter, Paul, Paula.
 
P OPPOSITES
Here are some words with P opposites:
War – (Peace)
Flat – (Puffy)
Ugly – (Pretty)
Dull – (Peppy)
Push – (Pull)
Week – (Powerful)
Colorful – (Plain)
 
PUMPKIN SEQUENCE CARDS

These picture cards will help your child to understand sequence, plus beginning, middle and end.
Take four plain index cards and draw the story of growing a pumpkin.
On the first card, draw the ground with a small seed in the dirt.
On the second card, draw a small plant with two leaves growing up out of the dirt.
On the third card show a large plant with large green leaves and yellow flowers.
On the fourth card, show a large orange pumpkin growing where the flower once was.
Mix up the cards, and have your children take turns placing the cards in order to tell the story of how a pumpkin grows.
 
PICKING UP P’S IN MY PAIL
Make up some P picture cards, using index cards. Draw on pictures such as; plums, peaches, peas, pears, pennies, pancakes, peanuts, peppers, pickles, etc.
Place the pictures down on the floor.
Walk around the room holding a pail and have your children take turns picking up a P picture to sing about.
Sing: “Picking up ______ and put ‘em in my pail.”
“Picking up _______and put ‘em in my pail.”
“Picking up _______ and put ‘em in my pail”
“Way down yonder in the P picture patch!”

Science

P ANIMALS
Have your children help you think of pets that start with the letter P, such as; ponies, puppies, parrots, pigs, parakeets.
Then continue the activity by discussing all P animals. Have children look through animal books to find ones that start with the P sound, such as; panthers, pandas, polar bears, porcupines, peacocks, etc.
 
OTHER DISCOVERY PROJECTS FOR P
Plan a project of making paper.
Learn about the Prairie or Pond life.
Investigate Pine trees and pine cones
Discover all the wonderful items made from peanuts
Snacks

P PIES
Let your children help you make some P pies, such as, pumpkin, pecan, peach or pizza.

PARTY P SNACKS
Serve peanuts, pretzels, or popcorn for snacks.

PEANUT BUTTER
Make your own peanut butter by blending peanuts and peanut oil together in the blender.

COOKING WITH P
Let your children help you make pancakes, pudding or popsicles.

PLAN A P PARTY
Set out paper plates, paper cups, place mats, pickles, party mix, pizza and punch.